Magang speaks on fixing the economy

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Let me begin by calling upon all the economists present here to tender apologies to the nation. It is they who are supposed to be writing books of this nature and not lawyers and retired politicians like me. This is not fair folks. Not only am I a layman in economics but I am also in the autumn of my life.

Had you guys been writing books, I would have been spared all the strain.  As it was, I had to scour every local library and the national archives, every business-related report in the local newspapers, every relevant website. I had to get hold of every business magazine/scholarly articles and  order books from amazon.com. And it wasn’t the world I was writing about but my own country!  

In the western world, economists don’t simply teach, lecture, advise, or consult. They write books. When I checked out amazon.com, I came across numerous books by the likes of  Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz,  and Jeffrey Sachs. When I went to Exclusive Books and Books Botswana,  I was looking for books by the likes of  Professor Happy Siphambe, Dr Joel Sentsho,  Dr Happy Fidzani, etc. I didn’t find any.   

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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